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Old 10-20-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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I Can Not Do This Kitchen!

I just can not do of this. I need some help. I did buy good cookware; that was easy for me. I have a large set of stainless steel Farberware, a Calphelon cookware set, some pieces of Tramontina cast iron cookware, a Lodge cast iron fryer with the lid, a nice stainless steel teapot, very many utensils (I put these in a very pretty and heavy blue plastic planter), glass mixing bowls, baking sheets, glass baking dishes, and some other things. I used the money that DA gave me for these.

But the plates and cups and flatware were bought with my money. The plates are melamine and I bought the service for four in the red and the blue, making the service of eight. I found the flatware and the cups at the Goodwill store. I am flustered at tableware! I have decided of the rustic look. The plates look much like one would find in Eastern Europe. DA likes these as I have described of them, but she is disappointed because they are not of stoneware.

I want to wait for Mamma to be here to help of this. DA agreed to this. I am well with cookware, but of tableware I am very lost. I also still will need a double boiler and appliances such as a blender, a countertop chicken/turkey roaster and a food processor. I have already a small crockpot, but I will buy a larger one for the larger meals of gatherings.

I will have the double boiler and the appliances before Mamma and Papa arrive, and their meal will be very nice of their first one. I shall make for them a nice London broil, a regular garden salad, very nice seasoned beans, and steamed broccoli with some melted sharp cheddar cheese over it.

Do I need anything else of the kitchen? Rrrrrrrrrrr...my mind does become blank of this! If you all have any suggestions of this, please tell me. I am in to up over my head of this!

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~Cat

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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Oh Cat, please calm down! You have done exceptionally well, and have EVERYTHING you need to cook for your family!

When I was your age and in college, I would have "orphans" over for Thanksgiving, meaning friends and neighbors who had nowhere else to go, and no family. I had the crappiest assemblance of pans, dishes, and mismatched silverware you ever saw, (we had to share knives) but the wine and conversation flowed, and we all had a blast!

You will be fine! Now, breathe!
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Okay, Cat. Settle down a bit and reread your post. See what you have already accomplished? Now, kick back and be proud of yourself.

Don't worry about "things." Your meals will be great because they will be made with love.

Let things calm and wait for your mother to assist you with some of the planning, selecting and shopping. I would imagine she would get a great deal of joy helping her daughter establish her first household.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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A very nice Fagor Double Boiler, this is the one I have and it's perfect!

Fagor 2-Quart Double Boiler with Steamer Insert | CHEFScatalog.com

What brands of appliances are you looking for? Do you want matching or good quality over all? I am partial to Cuisinart for small appliances. They are a mid-priced brand with good quality.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:12 AM   #5
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Oh Cat, please calm down! You have done exceptionally well, and have EVERYTHING you need to cook for your family!

When I was your age and in college, I would have "orphans" over for Thanksgiving, meaning friends and neighbors who had nowhere else to go, and no family. I had the crappiest assemblance of pans, dishes, and mismatched silverware you ever saw, (we had to share knives) but the wine and conversation flowed, and we all had a blast!

You will be fine! Now, breathe!
Thank you, Dawgluver. I become sometimes frustrated. I think with some of these exceptions, I have everything I need for to cook, but the problem is the table!

I bought those plates and glasses and flatware just because I like them. And I did not desire to spend DA's money on something to be changed later. Mamma and DA always have beautiful tables with the right dishes and the right things of it. It is here I do not know of where to begin. I was very surprised some of you liked what I had put to the table! I was expecting of good criticism of what was wrong of my choices, but this never came.

Dawgluver, I would be proud to share the knife with you, as long as I could sit at your table and to enjoy your company.

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Old 10-21-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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Okay, Cat. Settle down a bit and reread your post. See what you have already accomplished? Now, kick back and be proud of yourself.

Don't worry about "things." Your meals will be great because they will be made with love.

Let things calm and wait for your mother to assist you with some of the planning, selecting and shopping. I would imagine she would get a great deal of joy helping her daughter establish her first household.
Excellent advice Cat. Nothing would give your mother more pleasure than to know her child still needs her. My oldest child is 57 and she still calls me for help. I may gripe about it, but never to her. It is something I still get to do. And my other three kids do the same. Even Poo who has two master degrees of science and is a PA. Nothing give a mother more pleasure than knowing her children will always need her. Let Mama help!
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Okay, Cat. Settle down a bit and reread your post. See what you have already accomplished? Now, kick back and be proud of yourself.

Don't worry about "things." Your meals will be great because they will be made with love.

Let things calm and wait for your mother to assist you with some of the planning, selecting and shopping. I would imagine she would get a great deal of joy helping her daughter establish her first household.
Thank you, Katie. The cookware was very easy for me, but I believe you are right.

Your tables are so very beautiful, as you have shown us. I want the beautiful tables as yours, Mamma's, and DA's tables. It is the table which I have problems of.

I spoke of this to Mamma early in the day today, and she agreed to help me. She was very happy of this. But she did say this, "The table does not make the meal."

I think I am beginning to breathe as Dawgluver told me, and I did try to settle down. The cooking things are easy for me, Katie.

I was wishing for everything to be perfect when Mamma and Papa arrive. I did not want for them to see me as a needy, whining child. Mamma understood, and she will help me of the table. She does like my dishes and all of that!

I am a good musician and a good cook. Of decorating and putting together of a table, it is no wonder Mamma wants to sell me upriver to the gypsies.

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A very nice Fagor Double Boiler, this is the one I have and it's perfect!

Fagor 2-Quart Double Boiler with Steamer Insert | CHEFScatalog.com

What brands of appliances are you looking for? Do you want matching or good quality over all? I am partial to Cuisinart for small appliances. They are a mid-priced brand with good quality.
Thank you, Princess! I shall look of that. I do not need matching things. I just need things of this which will serve its purpose well for me. I see many of the Cuisinart appliances which are very nice.

I shall look to this! Do you have these matching appliances?

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Excellent advice Cat. Nothing would give your mother more pleasure than to know her child still needs her. My oldest child is 57 and she still calls me for help. I may gripe about it, but never to her. It is something I still get to do. And my other three kids do the same. Even Poo who has two master degrees of science and is a PA. Nothing give a mother more pleasure than knowing her children will always need her. Let Mama help!
Thank you Addie! Mamma does want to help. I just wanted for everything of this to be perfect but the table is my problem. I am very baffled of this.

I am happy to know of how you feel as a mother. I was afraid to be a whining and needy child to her. I always need my parents, however.

Perhaps Mamma may have fun helping me of this. I do hope so, for I am lost of the table and she knows so very much of this.

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